DAVIS, Calif. - Throughout the last four years, Weiser High School was one of the top teams in Idaho thanks to UC Davis women’s soccer signee Lauren Bouvia. From the moment she arrived to campus, opposing teams were unable to neutralize her scoring prowess, and her team’s ability to win on a consistent basis. Now that she is the newest member of head coach Twila Kaufman’s program, Idaho’s two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year is ready and eager to showcase her skills at the Division I level after scoring 127 goals, a new national record.
Coronado High School’s (Texas) Shannon Stewart set the previous national single-season record in 1989 by scoring 106 goals.
“We are so happy to have Lauren join our program. I have been following her for over five years and I believe she has the potential to be an exceptional goal scorer at the college level,” said Kaufman. “While her stats are impressive it is not the number of goals she has scored but the variety and quality of goals she puts away that makes me so optimistic about the future.
“As the younger sister of former women’s soccer student-athlete Nicole Bouvia, she has been around our program the last four years. She has seen us evolve and is ALL IN to help this program take the next step,” Kaufman added.
As a junior, Bouvia scored 47 goals and recorded eight assists, both team-high figures for a squad that won all but one of its 21 matches and posted an undefeated 3A District III league record (including victories in the team’s last 17 straight).
The Wolverines capped the 2015 season as Idaho State Girls’ Soccer champions thanks to a 4-1 victory over Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, a match that provided the perfect ending for a tournament weekend that saw WHS score a collective 19 goals while allowing only five.
In her final year, the Wolverines enjoyed another deep playoff run with Bouvia responsible for the most goals, assists, points and per game averages in all three categories among all WHS players. By collecting 26 assists throughout the season, she finished with 222 points, which is 45 percent of the 491 recorded by the team.
Due to Bouvia’s outstanding efforts throughout the last two seasons, the Wolverines won consecutive league titles by posting back-to-back 12-0 records and emerged victorious in 40 of 43 matches (.930 pct.).
By graduating early, Bouvia, a member of the West squad in the 2016 Adidas High School All-American Game, was able to jump-start her transition to Division I competition.
“Coming down early and getting to play a whole quarter with the team was one of the best decisions I have made. Now going into our season I'm looking forward to playing with my new teammates, especially since I competed in past years with two incoming Aggies,” Bouvia said.
Said Kaufman, “Lauren not only scores goals but creates opportunities for others. Her job here is to focus on what takes place on the field, growing as a student-athlete and enjoying the process one day at a time. Our job as a staff is to help her learn how to use her speed, turning ability and finishing skills at this level, and beyond. It is going to be really fun to coach her.”